The Witness walkthrough & puzzle guide


As you explore the island location of The Witness, you'll discover hundreds of puzzle panels to solve, which start off simple but soon escalate to push your mental dexterity to its limit. In order to complete them you'll need to learn their rules, which may involve observing the panels themselves or analysing the surrounding area. You'll also find recorded messages hidden all over the island, which may or may not help explain some of its mysteries.

With so many challenges to tackle it's entirely possible you'll get stuck at various points, and that's where this guide comes in. For each area I will give you hints for how to get started, that lead on to full puzzle solutions if you're still struggling to crack the code.

A quick note on controls, as these aren't really explained within the game:
L1 or L2 / LB or LT - sprint when walking
L1 or R1 / LB or RB - quickly switch between panels if they're in a row
R2 / RT - speed up drawing the line on panels
Circle / B - reset the line on panels

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Table of Contents:

Opening Garden
Blue & Green Panels
Pink Trees
Pottery (Symmetry)
Orange Trees (Shady Trees)
Sun Temple (Desert Ruin)
Hedge Maze (Keep)
Pressure Pad Maze
Red Tree Temple (Monastery)
Greenhouse (Bunker)
Bamboo Forest (Jungle)
Mountain Challenge
Secret Rooms
Windmill & Video Player
Secret Ending